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Deaths and destruction as floods wreak havoc

A flooded section in Makadara Nairobi. The Meteorological department has warned of tough days ahead. /CFM.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in most parts of the country, with the government warning people in lowlands to take precautions due to fears of flash floods.

So far, eight people have been killed in floods and landslides reported in Mwingi and Elgeyo Marakwet. More floods were reported in Marsabit.

In Mwingi, four people died on Wednesday when their vehicle was washed away by flash floods. A family of four was also killed when their house was buried by a landslide in Elgeyo Marakwet on Friday.

The Kenya Red Cross said on Saturday that one person had died in flash floods reported in Sololo area of Marsabit County.

And on Saturday, 11 officials Kenya Forest Service in Lodwar were trapped in their offices for at least 10 hours after River Turkwel broke its banks.

A statement from the forests conservation agency reported that the group was rescued at 2am on Saturday.

Transport in and out of Homa Bay and Hola was disrupted for the better part of Saturday after the roads were cut off.

The Meteorological Department has warned Kenyans that the rainy season is likely to continue in many parts of the country and warned of possible landslides and potential floods in at least 40 counties.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa appealed to county governments to establish disaster management teams and policies to save lives and property in the event of a disaster.

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“The national government will only be coming to complement what the counties are doing at the time of disaster like the drought we have now,” Wamalwa said.

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